Woman Turns $1k Roulette Bet Into $35k on Birthday

Northern California resident Leslie Sategna has been making the same roulette bet once every decade to celebrate her birthday. And this time, at the ARIA casino in Las Vegas, Satenga got a huge windfall on her birthday. Like she has each decade, Sategna wagered on the number 16, which has 37:1 odds of winning and […]

leslie-sategnaNorthern California resident Leslie Sategna has been making the same roulette bet once every decade to celebrate her birthday. And this time, at the ARIA casino in Las Vegas, Satenga got a huge windfall on her birthday.

Like she has each decade, Sategna wagered on the number 16, which has 37:1 odds of winning and offers a 35:1 payout. And for the third time in her life, she won the single number wager.

But what stands out about this bet is that Sategna wagered $1,000 in honor of her 36th birthday – winning $35,000 afterward.

“I was nervous and excited and kind of kept telling myself all day, ‘You’re not going to win.’ I saw that it was in 16 and the whole place just erupted. It was insane,” said Sategna.

She began this tradition on her 16th birthday, asking her father to take her to Vegas and place a $10 roulette bet for her on the number 16. Her father placed the bet at midnight and won.

Sategna returned to Vegas on her 26th birthday and made the same $10 bet on 16 – winning just like her father did.

This week, she came back on her 36th birthday with 20 of her closest friends and family.

“We all got champagne and decided we were coming back on my 46th, so I’m putting $10,000 aside and having a great weekend with my friends,” Sategna told ABC 7. “Anything that’s left over is going in my kid’s college fund.”

Satenga, her friends, and her family are already planning a return trip to Vegas for her 46th birthday. The goal this time will be to place and win a $10,000 bet.

With only 37:1 odds of winning this big bet, it’s definitely a risky proposition. But Sategna appears to be extremely lucky, so we wouldn’t bet against her winning again.

 

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